Moving from the Old to the New: research on teaching reading in and for the 21st century

Professional Learning Major Events - 2009 Archive

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Tuesday 14 July 2009 at the University of Sydney

This symposium will be of interest to all teachers K–12, tertiary educators and educational consultants. Important topics to be covered include:

  • Reading research in the 21st century and its implications for innovative pedagogical practice and assessment
  • Special challenges facing English language learners and culturally diverse students
  • Implications for teachers' training, policy and future research
  • The role of literacy in enhancing all areas of the curriculum
  • The impact of the digital revolution.


Professor Peter Freebody

Peter Freebody is a University Professorial Research Fellow based in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. He has served on various Australian state and national advisory groups in the area of literacy education, and was Academic Advisor to the Queensland Minister of Education and the Arts. He is currently a senior consultant in the Curriculum Corporation's national on-line curriculum program (The Le@rning Federation) and a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Literacy for the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Peter is a Critical Friend to the Literacy, National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) program for the Australian Education Systems Officials Committee of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, and the lead writer of the National English Curriculum Framing Paper.

Professor Scott Paris

After 30 years on the faculties of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan, Scott Paris is now Head of the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Professor Paris conducts research on children's self-regulated learning, reading, and assessment in schools and informal settings. He was awarded the 2007 Albert J. Harris Research Award from the International Reading Association and the 2007 Oscar Causey Award for Contributions to Reading Research from the National Reading Conference of America. He has also received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the University of Michigan Amoco Foundation Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Professor P. David Pearson

P. David Pearson is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Professor of Language and Literacy, Society and Culture at Berkeley. Professor Pearson's research interests include practice and policy in literacy instruction and assessment. He has served as president of the National Reading Conference and the Association of American Colleges of Teacher Education. His honours include the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Reading Association, the Oscar Causey Award for Contributions to Reading Research from the National Reading Conference of America, and the Alan Purves Award from the National Council of Teachers of Education.

Fees & Registration

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